The unit has these main focus areas:
Pace and Shape of Aging - Lifespan varies dramatically, ranging from several years in crisis populations to many decades across time and place. We apply the pace shape framework to populations across the tree of life to uncover the key factors that determine patterns of birth and death.
Forecasting Health and Longevity - "How long will I live in good health?" This is a question of interest to individuals, physicians, public health officials, actuaries, demographers and policy makers.
Rate of Aging - 75-year-olds today are about as healthy as 65-year-olds were half a century ago. People are growing old later in life - and we seek to understand why?
Conservation Demography - Reliable data on demographic traits are essential for conservation and research in ecology and evolution. DISKo is a metadatabase that collates and standardize data on 35,000 species.
Male-Female Differences in Survival and Longevity - Today women enjoy a longer life than men in all countries of the world, but women tend to report poorer self-rated health. By studying the sex differences in health and survival; we aim to understand the mechanisms underlying this paradox.
Problematic Population Data - Innovative approaches are nessesary when dealing with problematic population data. BaSTA is a tool that facilitates the estimation of age-specific mortality from complex ecological and historical datasets.